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As inhabitants of Norwalk or Stamford, Canaan Parish settlers still had to vote, pay taxes, serve on juries, and file deeds in their home towns. Because Canaan Parish was not planned as a town when it was first settled inwhen New Canaan was incorporated init found itself without a central common, a main street or a town hall.
After the war, New Canaan's major industry was shoe making. As New Canaan's shoe business gathered momentum early in the nineteenth century, instead of a central village, regional settlements of clustered houses, mill, and school developed into distinct district centers.
Eventually, many of the summer visitors settled year-round, commuting to their jobs in New York City and creating the genteel, sophisticated country ambiance that continues to characterise the community today. Laphamspent summers with his family at their estate that is now acre 1. The "Harvard Five" and modern homes[ edit ] New Canaan was an important center of the modern design movement from the late s through roughly the s, when about 80 modern homes were built in town.
About 20 have been torn down since then.
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Using new materials and open floor plans, best captured by Johnson's Glass Housethese treasures are being squandered as buyers are knocking down these architectural icons and replacing them with cookie-cutter new builds. New Canaan came to be the locus of the modern movement's experimentation in materials, construction methods, space, and form", according to an online description of The Harvard Five in New Canaan: The common land grants were laid out in a fashion so that each tract had a share of a run of water, woods, natural meadow, plains, swamp and ledge.
Each freeman received division land according to his right or rank in the township, and many exchanged or sold their grant after receiving it. In spring ofthe town decided to lay out all undivided common land within 6 miles 9.
This area would have included the southern third of Trumbull. Therefore, the court ordered the town to apportion all common land located between two and six miles from the Stratford meeting house, which included all the territory in the lower third of Trumbull. Woodbury[ edit ] In the s, Lt.
Joseph Judson had a disagreement with the majority of elders in Stratford as he tried to introduce the Half-Way Covenantand this led to a major rift which lasted for many years and split the town. Judson and Reverend Walker left Stratford with a dozen other families and moved to the newly created town, abandoning their farms in the Trumbull area of Stratford. Judson and Walker died in Woodbury in and respectively.
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These farms were not sold initially, but were just physically abandoned and were referred to in the land records as Old Farms. Some of the other families to remove to Woodbury, abandoning their farms in Trumbull, were Caleb Nichols, Abraham's father, who removed to Woodbury and died there in and John Curtiss, who gifted his entire farm in the woods on "Misha [sic] Hill" Trumbull to his son Benjamin in and removed to Woodbury. John Curtiss, "of Woodbury", sold 4 acres 0.
Nichols, Connecticut It is not known exactly when the first settlers began to clear land and establish farms in the area, due to the fact that the first volume of Stratford's land records was destroyed around The first settlements were doubtless made soon after the settlement of the mother-town of Stratford in Joseph Judson, Jeremiah Judson and Joseph Curtiss became freemen by the court of the Colony of Connecticut and established farms there.
A freeman had to own real property in their own name before they could be elected as freemen. In the late s, it was commonly called Lt. Joseph Judson's Farm, or Judson's Farm, after the owner of the largest farm on its hilltop.
After Judson and others removed to establish the town of Woodbury in and abandoned their farms on Mischa Hill, it was called Old Farms. In the early s, it was called Nickol's Farms, then in it became a part of Unity and inNorth Stratford. During the mids, the area was called Amblersville after the principal manufacturer in the center of the village.
It has been said that Abraham Nichols made the first permanent settlement within Trumbull around ordepending on the source, and then other families subsequently ventured into the wilderness to establish mills, churches, and schools.
According to Walter Nicholls, who wrote the History of the Nichols family inAbraham did not accompany his father to Woodbury inbut remained in Trumbull to oversee the plantation. However, since Abraham was only eleven at the time bornit is likely that he did remove to Woodbury with his family and returned to Trumbull between and About Abraham Nicholls erected for himself a homestead upon his lordly domain, and which, according to the description vouchsafed by persons now living, who chanced to view it while yet standing in the early part of the nineteenth century, was an immense gambrel -roofed structure of a rambling style of architecture, situated upon an eminence, affording an unobstructed vista of the surrounding landscape and at the southward, about four miles distant, the shimmering bosom of Long Island Sound.
There it stood for decades, without a neighboring habitation within a circuit of several miles; while the sepulchral quietude of its surroundings was rarely broken, even by the echo of a sound adequate to dispel the day dreams, or waken the nocturnal slumbers of its peaceful inhabitants, save that of the casual lowing of kinethe appealing cadence of the whop-poor-will at nightfall, or the grewsome howling of wolves It is a subject of profound regret on the part of many of the descendents of Abraham Nicholls that neither his will nor the inventory of his estate can be found of record.
The land records show that Abraham Nichols' holdings were actually around acres 1.4 19 18 boe
Nichols bought or exchanged land to acquire several farms and large parcels of land beginning in He exchanged land with the son of, then deceased, Lt. Joseph Judson for 22 acres 0. He purchased 54 acres 0.
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Furthermore, in a deed recorded inLt. Ebenezer Curtiss received 15 acres 0. Joseph Judson's farm, now belonging to Abraham Nichols. Joseph Judson had removed from Trumbull in the s to settle at Woodbury, where he died in Some of Abraham Nichols' farm remained in the Nichols family through four centuries.